The cost Flying return from Abu Dhabi to London typically costs from Dh12,755.
The perks Etihad propelled itself into a new league for family travellers last year when it announced the introduction of ‘flying nannies’ on board its long-haul flights. The nannies – all trained cabin crew – are on hand to entertain children with games and arts and crafts, and also support parents in refilling bottles and preparing bassinets for babies. While the nannies serve all classes, Etihad’s business class is recognised as one of the best in the industry. Its business class ‘studios’ on the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner offer total privacy from other passengers and provide space that you can really make your own. There’s also an in-seat massage function across the fleet, while on longer flights a turndown service is offered, which includes a mattress, cotton loungewear and slippers. Then there are chefs – handpicked from some of the world’s best restaurants – on board all long-haul flights and business passengers can choose meals at whatever time suits. Stuck on your decision? The on-board food and drink manager is there to find your ideal dish.
The drawbacks Some have criticised the standard lie-flat business class seat – found on all aircrafts apart from the A380 and 787 – suggesting there’s little room for storage, and gaps that could be used more effectively to make the space feel bigger overall. But then there is always the penthouse!
The verdict If you’re looking to travel in style, and take the children, Etihad has by far the best offering.
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With a lounge like this you’ll find it difficult to get on to the plane